Speakers from AIDSFree, Together for Girls, International Rescue Committee, the Center for Global Social Work at Rutgers University, and USAID convened at an event intended to raise awareness and promote discussion on sexual violence and exploitation against children and adolescents, with a focus on the critical facility-social and community linkages for comprehensive care beyond the clinical exam. National-level violence against children survey data from eight countries show that approximately one in four girls and one in seven boys experience sexual violence as children. Children and adolescents who experience sexual violence require immediate response support as well as longer-term interventions (including medical/forensic, safety/protection, psychological, legal/justice, and other services) to recover, heal, positively and fully engage in daily life, prevent further violence, and minimize HIV risk and vulnerability.
Meet the Speakers
Amelia Peltz, Senior Gender Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID (Moderator)
Amelia Peltz is the Senior Gender Advisor and Acting Team Lead for the Gender and Sexual Diversity Team in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID. She has over 16 years of experience designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development and humanitarian assistance programs that promote gender equality and empower women and girls in the fields of HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, livelihoods, nutrition, and education throughout the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Ms. Peltz has worked for international donors, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations, has served as a co-chair and technical advisor for both USG and international gender working groups, and has extensive experience providing technical assistance and training on gender issues and the prevention and response to gender-based violence in diverse socio-cultural contexts. Ms. Peltz holds a Master of Arts in International Development from the American University in Washington D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Michele Moloney-Kitts, Director, Together for Girls
Michele Moloney-Kitts is the Director of Together for Girls, providing strategic leadership,management and oversight of day-to-day operations of the partnership. As a UNAIDS staff member, she also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director. Prior to joining Together for Girls, Michele served as the Assistant Global AIDS Coordinator for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has served as a health officer for United States Agency for International Development in Morocco, Cambodia, South Africa and Washington, DC. Within PEPFAR, she had oversight for field implementation and multilateral relations. In that capacity she also served on the Board of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and as the Chairman of the Portfolio and Implementation Committee. Michele has worked as a nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife, with a particular focus on underserved populations, especially adolescents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca Davis, Director, Center for Global Social Work, Rutgers University School of Social Work
Rebecca Davis is the Associate Professor for Professional Practice and Director of the Center for Global Social Work at Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she teaches social work practice and global social work courses. In addition, she supervises international field placements and directs international education abroad courses. Dr. Davis is a consultant for child protection system strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Bloc countries. Her most recent international projects include the development of social work curricula for certificate and diploma programs in Malawi, case management guidelines for Swaziland, and a Case Management Toolkit for evaluating child welfare case management services in the former Soviet Bloc countries. She co-authored a working paper on Child Protection System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa for UNICEF (2012) and authored a working paper on Human Capacity Within Child Welfare Systems in Africa (2009) which served as one of the background papers for social welfare workforce strengthening initiatives in Africa. She served as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania from 1992-94 and implemented a major child welfare reform project for World Vision Romania and USAID in 1998-2002. Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and North Carolina with considerable experience in direct case management practice and supervision.
Gretchen Bachman, Senior Technical Advisor and Team Lead, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID
Gretchen Bachman is the Team Leader and Senior Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children at the Office of HIV/AIDS at the United States Agency for International Development, based in Washington DC. Gretchen has worked in the field of international development since 1993 throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, focusing on projects to improve the health and socio-economic well-being of women and children. She is a co-chair for the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working Group, a Leadership committee member of Together for Girls and both a founding and steering committee member of the Better Care Network.
Kristin Kim Bart, Deputy Director, Women's Protection and Empowerment, International Rescue Committee
Kristin Kim Bart is dedicated to addressing inequality and violence in the lives of women and girls in developing and humanitarian contexts around the world. For the past decade, she has worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) both in the field programs and at headquarters. Currently she is the Deputy Director for Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) programs and oversees a team of 30+ who provide technical support, lead program innovation and thought leadership on women and girls issues. With the IRC, Kristin has lead programs in Liberia, Pakistan, Thailand and Uganda and provided onsite and remote technical support to a range of others including Iraq, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has designed and implemented programs to address a range of types of violence against women and girls in emergency settings, built the capacity of local organizations to address women’s rights violations and managed and supervised technical and non-technical staff. She holds a masters degree from Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs.
Marcy Levy, Senior HIV and AIDS Advisor, John Snow, Inc./AIDSFree
Marcy Levy’s work in international development has focused on addressing social determinants of health and HIV, child protection, sexual violence, urban health, and strengthening linkages between community and facility-based services. For the past decade, Marcy has worked as a Senior HIV Advisor with John Snow, Inc., based out of the organization’s Indonesia and Boston offices. She was the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Team Lead for JSI’s AIDSTAR-One project, and has designed, led and provided extensive technical support for HIV and integrated health and social welfare programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Before coming to JSI, Marcy worked in Zimbabwe, Cambodia and the Dominican Republic on programs addressing youth health and vulnerability. She holds an MSc in Population and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health.